Gemology

The combined art and science of studying, cutting, valuing, buying and selling precious stones. Some of the most precious stones that gemologists deal in include diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds.

Gemology is spelled gemmology outside of North America.

With advances in gemstone synthesis, gemology has become a much more important field of study. Gemologists value stones based on a number of factors, including cut, color, quality and clarity. When returns in the stock market decline, aggressive investors often seek out alternative investments that hold more promise of increasing returns on invested capital. Gemstone investing can appeal to people who want to make quick returns, but it is highly speculative and should be left to experienced professionals.


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  • Gemology — (gemmology outside the United States) is the science, art and profession of identifying and evaluating gemstones. It is considered a geoscience and a branch of mineralogy. Some jewelers are academically trained gemologists and are qualified to… …   Wikipedia

  • gemology — or gemmology [je mäl′ə jē] n. [< L gemma (see GEM) + O + LOGY: sp. infl. by GEM] the science or study of gems and gemstones gemological adj. gemmological gemologist n. gemmologist …   English World dictionary

  • gemology — or gemmology noun Etymology: Latin gemma gem Date: 1811 the science of gems • gemological adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gemology — gemological, gemmological /jem euh loj i keuhl/, adj. gemologist, gemmologist, n. /je mol euh jee/, n. the science dealing with natural and artificial gemstones. Also, gemmology. [1965 70; GEM + O + LOGY] * * * …   Universalium

  • gemology — noun The art and science of gems …   Wiktionary

  • gemology — n. study of precious stones …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gemology — gem·ol·o·gy …   English syllables

  • gemology — gem•ol•o•gy or gem•mol•o•gy [[t]dʒɛˈmɒl ə dʒi[/t]] n. mir jew the science dealing with gemstones • Etymology: 1965–70 gem•o•log•i•cal ˌdʒɛm əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl adj. gem•ol′o•gist, n …   From formal English to slang

  • gemology — /dʒɛmˈɒlədʒi/ (say jem oluhjee) noun the study of precious gems. Also, gemmology. –gemologist, gemmologist, noun –gemological /dʒɛməˈlɒdʒɪkəl/ (say jemuh lojikuhl), gemmological /dʒɛməˈlɒdʒɪkəl/ (say jemuh lojikuhl), adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • gemology — noun see gemmology …   Useful english dictionary

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